Skip to comments.BANNED IN BEANTOWN - Stations Respond To Death By Yanking Conservative Talk
Posted on 08/26/2009 11:01:54 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Boston's two largest talk radio stations have responded to Ted Kennedy's passing by dumping their usual conservative programming and replacing it with local liberal supporters of the late senator.
WRKO-AM withheld its standard midmorning and early afternoon lineup of Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh, replacing it with a special show hosted by convicted felon / former House Speaker Tom Finneran, a Democrat best known for circumventing a voter-approved cut in the state income tax.
Known as "Tommy Taxes" for that legislative maneuver, Finneran is normally heard in morning drive.
A choked-up Finneran told listeners that Kennedy's passing was much more difficult to experience than he'd believed and discussed "the positive economic impact" of Ted K's reign. Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh fans tuning in at noon were denied their opportunity to hear his take on the day's events.
According to an inside source within Entercom / Boston's cluster of stations, WRKO has been "inundated" with angry callers objecting to the censorship of Limbaugh.
Their version of the Fairness Doctrine?
Something needs to take them to task on this.
It will be interesting to see if they put on one of Kennedy’s most vocal critics, Howie Carr, in the 3:00 hour.
I just drive by a spraypainted 1960’s-era apartment building inhabited by illegal Mexican drug dealers and thought to myself, “Thanks Teddy!!!”
Who paid for the airtime? Were the conservative sponsors dinged for the hotair show?
Levin’s show today should be a CLASSIC!
What are the royalties that need to be paid on “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead”?
Kennedy smears President Bush and our troops on the US Senate floor:
He described the Iraq war as a fraud made up in Texas as part of political strategy accused the President of the US of telling lie, after lie, after lie, in order to go to war in Iraq.
Kennedy smears Judge Alito...Mrs. Alito in tears:
In suggesting that Samuel Alito had belonged to a racist conservative group, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy relied heavily on an essay published by the organization that sounded like a bigoted rant. The essay, titled In Defense of Elitism.....But the magazines editor at the time says the article was pure satire, a send-up of what liberals think conservatives think. He added quote, I think left-wing groups have been feeding Senator Kennedy snippets and he has been mindlessly reciting them,
Sen. Edward Kennedy Smears the Nation
On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked: Who would prefer that Saddams torture chambers still be open? Shamefully, we now learn that Saddams torture chambers reopened under new management U.S. management.
A speech on the Senate floor, May 10, 2004.
Kennedys smear of Judge Bork on the US Senator floor:
Robert Borks America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is and is often the only protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy....
Kennedy betrays President Reagan:
May 14, 1983 document from the KGB archives reveals that Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) reached out to the General Secretary of the Soviet Unions Communist Party, Yuri Andropov, to propose a kind of public relations strategy to counter President Reagans defense policy initiatives toward the Soviet Union, policies that Kennedy felt were too aggressive.
I’m wondering the same thing! If I were sponsors.....I’d be yanking my $$$.
We should expect that kind of thing.
Yesterday during a news break of Limbasughs show WBAP.com ran a news article about how the unemployed should look to government jobs that aren’t as subject to up and downs of the economy.... it was sickening
I hope WKRO feels it painfully.
More people should tune in online at out-of-town sites.
Expect Fox to do the same.
As they did for Michael Jackson’s death.
I was so angry.
They (the sponsors) will be billed as if their shows had been aired. When they balk, negotiations will center around the need to ‘balance’ airtime content. Go figure.
Tom Finerrans’s show actually includes his co-host, a VERY conservative Todd Feinberg. Tom himself is not nearly as Left as the rest of the state (npt that I support him) but his viws are far from left leaning and he has real issues with what this administration is doing. I’ll give him credit for that.
Now see, that is just the sort of thing that might get said on some of those conservative talk radio shows. Which makes it probably better that they pulled them for a day or two, or liberals will be tape recording the calls and playing to discredit the right with what a bunch of meanies we are. Whoever pulled them will suffer from the Laws of Unintended Consequences.
Some wild *ss conservatives would probably bring up Mary Jo, etc.
We probably ought to get him in the ground before people cut loose on him.
parsy, who figures TV will be all Kennedy-All the Time for a while.
Well as long as people have the internet it doesn’t matter if they re-route their programing. Rush can be heard on your computer daily, that is where I listen to him because the local station doesn’t come in well inside my house, I have to go out to the car and turn on the radio, but I can get any number of stations on my computer and so listen to Rush daily. He was good today but had to turn him off early. Had places to go and things to do!
I certainly was disappointed today, as I usually listen to a little of Rush on my lunch hour. I listened to the classical music station instead.
But informing Americans, is.
Besides being a felon, as Howie always dings him for being, Finneran also flip flopped on same sex marriage and is now for it, thus tossing aside his Catholic faith as the Kennedies have done. I cannot respect him for that.
Howie’s up, but “respectful”, which isn’t a good thing.
Note that I’m up on line, though, so I’ve no idea if he’s actually on the air.
Howie’s on the air and yes, he’s being “respectful”, but just barely; and you can tell it’s killing him.
Regarding Boston's fascist decision toward a private enterprise like talk radio, one can easily surmise that Chavez is smiling somewhere in Venezuela now that the democrats are using his tactics.
I think they turned down the power to limit the broadcast area, all static in my area.
My signal is also weak (but then it always stinks in New Hampshire).
Any idea if Howie is still syndicated on other stations? If you go to the new WRKO web site (which is now replicated at Howiecarr.com)
there is no mention of any other stations and an internal search comes up empty. It’s almost as though Entercomm doesn’t want to advertise any of his affiliates.
Finneran’s co-host was libertarian/conservative Avi Nelson.
Right now Howie Carr is on but he seems a little quiet, subdued (no “my heart feels like an alligator! I’m in a great mood and I don’t know why!”) and he cautioned listeners not to go over the line with hatred; no Ted Kennedy impersonators on the Chump Line. No admirer of Ted, to be sure, but...
He said the Herald has someone full time on the website to delete nasty posts about the Senator. And that’s the uh,
non-liberal paper in town...
>>angry callers objecting to the censorship of Limbaugh.
True, they could say “well we wanted to go local” and “you could still pick him up on stations in Hartford, Worc.,
Prov., and Cape Cod” but not everyone can pick those up
depending on what radio they had. You’re at work. You have a Walkman or a small radio that can get WRKO, but not WTIC,
WTAG, WHJJ, or WXTK-FM...So no Rush for you today.
(WTIC at least was streaming Rush on their site)
to the best of my knowledge:
WRKO 680 Boston
WCRN 830 Worcester
WHYN 560 Springfield area
WXTK-FM 95.1 Cape Cod
WNTK AM 1020 Lake Sunapee NH area
I think he’s back on WKBK 1220 Keene
WUVR 1490 Newport NH area
WGAN 560 Portland ME
A couple stations in Bangor (103.3? 101.3?)
WVMT 620 Burlington VT
He’s getting a bit fiery now talking about immigration act from the 60s. “This problem was created by Ted Kennedy’s immigration reform act. He was the author of the legislation, Josh...”
Thanks - I don’t know why Howie doesn’t have those stations listed on his website any more, except that it now appears to center more around WRKO than about him.
no problem—hey, I did find a list of stations, on the Wikipedia page for the show
WGAN 560 Portland ME
WHYN 560 Holyoke/Springfield MA
WVMT 620 Burlington VT
WRKO 680 Boston
(WCRN 830 Worcester)
WKBK 1290 Keene NH (oops I may have said 1220)
WEGP 1390 Presque Isle ME
WXTK 95.1 Cape Cod
WNTK-FM 99.7 (but WNTK website says they’re on AM 1020?)
and WUVR 1490 Lebanon/White River Jct
WVOM 103.9 FM Bangor ME (but I think also on 101.3 up
there somewhere?) I think 101.3 is WKCG, simulcasting WVOM
I generally get RKO clearly in my truck in the Eastern End of the Lakes Region, all static today.
It’s a programming choice by those stations. I fail to see the problem. Is it annoying if you can’t hear Rush? Yeah. Is it censorship? Hardly.
yeah I think the 107.7, the Pulse, licensed to the Concord area had Howie for awhile. But not anymore. Once in Haverhill MA I picked up 107.7...
They dropped the show a couple of years ago, which was too bad because it was the only one on which I could hear him clearly (and without static, on FM!)
Our Founding Father are spinning....